With the college basketball season only days away, how about another quick ranking to pass some time?
ESPN did just that, but it should bring a pleasant smile to the face of the Big Blue Nation.
On Thursday, ESPN put together a panel that had one job, and that was to rank the best player of all the No. 1 recruits in their high school basketball rankings since the system started back in 2007. The panel took into account both high-school, college, professional career, and where they were drafted as they sought to rank the players.
Taking home the crown is none other than former Kentucky Wildcats forward and current Los Angles Lakers star Anthony Davis. The Class of 2011 forward took home the title after an impressive career at UK where he obviously won a title, and a continued successful career in the NBA that started as the First overall pick of the New Orleans Hornets.
Rounding out the top-five for the ESPN rankings in order was; Kevin Love (UCLA; class of 2007), Ben Simmons (LSU; class of 2015), RJ Barrett (Duke; class of 2018), and Andrew Wiggins (Kansas; class of 2013)
Here is what Paul Biancardi had to say about Davis and why he took home the No. 1 slot;
“Davis was special because he could post big numbers with his low-post and face-up jumpers, as well as using his length to rebound for second-chance points. No one back in the 2011 class had elevated their game like Davis. He had gone from a relative unknown to the top prospect in the country and a McDonald’s All American.
During his time at Perspectives Charter (Chicago), he had a seven-inch growth spurt that began after his sophomore season. Davis had guard skills, an enormous wingspan and standing reach, and extreme mobility, although he was very thin. He averaged 32 points, 22 rebounds and 7 blocks per game as a high school senior.”
These rankings are always fun, it just makes it even better when a former Kentucky player takes home the prize.